More Trader Joe’s recalls? This soup may contain bugs and falafel may have rocks, grocer says

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  1. chain / tʃeɪn / (n.) – a group of stores, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses owned by the same company that sell or offer the same products and services

    The supermarket chain plans to open stores overseas next year.

  2. impact / ɪmˈpækt / (v.) – to have an influence or effect on someone or something

    Climate change impacts the way people live.

  3. grocer / ˈgroʊ sər / (n.) – a store that sells food and basic household items

    The grocer sells some items at a discounted price.

  4. alert / əˈlɜrt / (v.) – to provide important information regarding the possibility of a problem or danger

    The police alerted everyone to be careful since the robbers are not yet caught.

  5. withdrawal / wɪðˈdrɔ əl / (n.) – the process of taking a product off the market because there is something wrong or an issue with it

    The product withdrawal happened after the company discovered a battery issue in its latest mobile phone model.


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Trader Joe’s is recalling a broccoli cheddar soup that may contain insects and cooked falafel that may contain rocks, about one week after the grocery chain recalled two cookie products over similar concerns.

The soup recall impacts Trader Joe’s Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup with “use by” dates ranging from Jul. 18 to Sep. 15, according to an announcement from the company. The grocer announced that Trader Joe’s Fully Cooked Falafel sold in 35 states and Washington, D.C., was also under recall.

On July 21, Trader Joe’s announced that it was recalling Trader Joe’s Almond Windmill Cookies and Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies with “sell by” dates ranging from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21. Like the falafel, the cookies may also contain rocks, the company said.

When asked for further information about how the insects and rocks may have gotten into these products, a Trader Joe’s spokesperson said that “there was an issue in the manufacturing processes in the facilities.” Suppliers alerted Trader Joe’s of the possible foreign material for each recall, the company said.

Trader Joe’s did not specify how many products were impacted by each recall or identify suppliers. But one Food and Drug Administration notice cited by NBC News says that the Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup recall impacts around 10,889 cases sold in seven states. Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc. is identified as the recalling firm, per the notice.

No formal releases about the three recalls were published on the FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. The Associated Press reached out to the FDA and Winter Gardens Quality Foods for information.

“We have a close relationship with our vendors and they alerted us of these issues. We don’t hesitate or wait for regulatory agencies to tell us what to do,” the Trader Joe’s spokesperson said. “We will never leave to chance the safety of the products we offer.”

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • According to Trader Joe’s spokesperson, they don’t hesitate or wait for regulatory agencies to tell them what to do. How do you feel about this? Is this enough to make the customers feel secure about buying their products? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • If you were a Trader Joe’s customer, would you ever buy products from their stores again? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • If this happened in your country, how do you think people would react to the product recall and refund? Why do you think this would be the case? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, what form of compensation customers who ate the soup and falafel with insects and rocks should get? Why? Discuss.